(STL.News) GPS fleet tracking systems are extremely useful to business managers and owners in the logistics industry. By using these systems, managers cans keep a watchful eye on what happens with their trucks and can plan real-time solutions to unexpected problems.
Moreover, data from GPS tracking devices can be used to keep customers in the loop regarding the state of their shipment and the date of its arrival (an extremely useful feature that many logistics companies use to its full extent).
However, GPS tracking vehicles also strip their drivers of certain privacy rights while they’re working. And, since their position is monitored constantly, drivers must follow strict rules and schedules that are not always designed with their well-being in mind. Still, many logistic companies need up-to-date information on their drivers’ activity in order to be ELD compliant and make sure the mandated hours of service (HOS) are respected.
Therefore, anyone can see that the situation is a bit unclear. However, there are specific rules and regulations that protect both the companies’ and the drivers’ rights, and anyone involved in the logistics industry management should be aware of them.
Owners Have the Right to Track
Under US law, owners are within their rights to install GPS tracking devices on a vehicle or asset that is in their possession.